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Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

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Colin Beer (UK)
Christine Beer (UK)
Frances Shiobara (UK)
Mari Shiobara (UK / Japan)
Emi Shiobara (UK / Japan)
Tomoki Shiobara (UK / Japan)

Date
Mar 29, 2011

Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan in Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto is an elegant Japanese style guest house. You can enjoy a truly Japanese experience, with wonderful food and a Japanese onsen bath. There are rooms with beds or futons to choose from. The friendly staff will help you to fully appreciate what a relaxing experience a Japanese Ryokan is.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    I wonder where we should go?

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    We couldn't wait to set off on our Biwako adventure!

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    After seeing Biwako through the train window in no time we were at Ogoto onsen station.

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    The shuttle bus was waiting to take us straight to the ryokan from the station.

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    In front of the ryokan was the foot bath. Very welcome after a day sightseeing in Kyoto!

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    We couldn't resist a little souvenir shopping. The best thing was Yuzu jam.

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    The Ogoto onsen mascot Ogoton was cute enough to cuddle.

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    The whole family enjoyed tea and snacks before heading up to the ryokan.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Yuzu jam - a local specialty great on toast and to make delicious jam.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    The children couldn't resist playing in the park.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    "First one to the top is the winner!"

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Looking out over Biwako from the park.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    A great view of Biwako from the park.

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    I'm coming back!

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    The foot spa was a welcome break for everyone.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    The foot spa water was sparkling clear.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    It's a bit hot at first but you soon get used to it.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    The foot spa was really relaxing.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Dry my feet Mummy!

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    The cherry blossoms were just starting to come out in front of the ryokan.

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    Arriving at the ryokan, met by the friendly staff.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Everything about Biwako Hanakaidou felt relaxing and elegant.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    When we arrived we were served drinks in the lobby.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    The lobby looked out on a beautiful inner garden.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Our room was 401.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    As we went to our room the friendly staff told us everything about the ryokan.

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    The entrance to our room.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    The balcony looked out over Biwako. It was beautiful in the evening and the sunrise was breathtaking!

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    We relaxed in our room drinking tea and chatting.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    There were yukatas for everyone, the children loved wearing them around the ryokan.

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    Time for a photo of us in our yukatas.

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    A great pose of us all in our yukatas. We could even choose or favorite color and pattern.

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    Looking out over Biwako in the evening.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    The geta looked lovely lined up by the door.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    The private open air bath, so you could enjoy the onsen with a little privacy.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    It was hot, but so relaxing!

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    There was room for the whole family to stretch out in the bath.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    The large indoor bath "Bankara-no-yu" looked out over another lovely garden.

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    Everything was lined up ready for washing.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    It felt like a real adventure walking through the inner garden to get to the private dining rooms.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Everywhere in the hotel were displays of beautiful artwork.

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    A glass of beer - the perfect end to the day.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Cheers! Everyone happy at the end of the day.

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    Our own waitress brought us anything we wanted.

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    The appetizer looked as good as it tasted.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    You could grill your own meat on the table in front of you.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Everyone, even the children loved all the food.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Cutlery was availiable, but everyone wanted to try chopsticks.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    The meat was delicious.

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    Desert was fresh fruit.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Mr. Naito, the General Manager, had lived in England and spoke excellent English.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    We were all given beautiful souvenir cloths, I'll use mine for wrapping my lunch box!

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    The night view over Biwako was beautiful.

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    The corridor down to our room.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Tucked up in the futons after a long day and delicious meal.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Sleep tight!

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    The early morning view over Biwako.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    Everyone up and playing early in the morning.

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    The view out of the coffee shop window was lovely while eating breakfast.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    You can have a freshly cooked western breakfast in the coffee shop if you request it.

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    We couldn't resist a bit more souvenir shoping in the hotel shop "Hana no Kura".

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    I loved the traditional "jinbesan" (kimono like jacket and shorts that children often wear in the summer.)

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    I chose the tie dyed blue and white "jinbesan". Do you like it?

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    Enjoying the view from our bedroom window.

  • Ogoto onsen close to Kyoto – Biwako Hanakaido Ryokan

    The wonderful warm service from the staff of the ryokan really made this trip special.

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    A night to remember at "Biwako Hanakaidou."

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